Red Ahead: Red & Purple Modernization

RPM and small businesses

RPM welcomes small businesses

The Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project has begun, and there are many opportunities for small businesses to participate!  

This page provides updates on upcoming and events and opportunities for small businesses, including businesses certified as Small Business Enterprise (SBE) or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), along with resources to strengthen the small business community during the construction period.

For small business and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) questions, including how to get certified, call us at (312) 681-2601 or email us at

Recent events


Electrical & Track Outreach Event Dec. 12

CTA and the Walsh-Fluor Design Build Team held its first  Electrical & Track Outreach Event"  on December 12, 2019 at  The Northside American Job Center at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Avenue. In anticipation of upcoming electrical and track contract opportunities, CTA and Walsh-Fluor's event allowed small businesses the chance to network and connect with the subcontractors who will be performing  the electrical and advanced track work and learn about upcoming lower-tier subcontracting and workforce opprtunities. Attendees also had the opportunity to network with union representatives, job assistance agencies and learn how to become eligible and equipped to work on construction projects throughout Chicago like RPM.



CTA Building Small Businesses Program announced

In 2019, we announced our new, innovative CTA Building Small Businesses Program to help small businesses get financially ready to bid on RPM contracts. We have now hedl three working sessions and will hold another session soon -- stay tuned!  

CTA Building Small Businesses working session, Nov. 21-22

CTA Expands Workforce and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Efforts

Read about how we’re helping small businesses through CTA construction projects through innovative new programs like the RPM Small Business Educational Series earlier this year, which graduated 16 small business owners. Stay tuned: CTA plans to hold more of these events soon.

CTA, Walsh-Fluor Meet with USMCA, Chatham Business Assn and HACIA

June 20, 2019 -- CTA and Walsh-Fluor Design-Build Team (DBT) took its SBE road show to the US Minority Contractors Association (USMCA) Chicago chapter membership meeting in Crestwood.  Walsh-Fluor DBT shared information with approximately 35 attendees about the RPM Phase One project, including upcoming bidding opportunities for DBE companies. Rev. Larry Bullock, Founder and CEO of USMCA, hosted the event and shared his enthusiasm for the positive impacts and opportunities the RPM project will bring to the DBE community. 

The Chatham Business Association hosted CTA & Walsh-Fluor at its monthly meeting on June 11, 2019. The Walsh-Fluor team introduced themselves and gave a 20 minute presentation on the RPM project to more than 40 attendees, providing information on the project, construction schedules and contact information. After the conclusion of the presentation, we held an informative Q&A  session that was then following by networking time.

On May 8, 2019, the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, or HACIA, hosted CTA & Walsh-Fluor at its monthly meeting to get any update from Walsh-Fluor on RPM, followed by a Q&A and networking. More than 100 HACIA members attended the event. 

CTA and Walsh-Fluor meet with the USMCA on June 20, 2019.

CTA and Walsh-Fluor talk to members of the Chatham Business Association.

HACIA members learn about RPM opportunities from Walsh-Fluor's David Shier.

Small business opportunity knocks! "Meet the Contractor" small business series kicks off in April 2019

April 23, 2019 -- CTA recently kicked off a roadshow with the RPM contractor, Walsh-Fluor, to meet with small businesses and professional organizations about how to participate in the RPM project. The first "Meet the Contractor" meeting was held on April 23 at CTA headquarters, attended by nearly 60 small businesses.  CTA's schedule of "Meet the Contractor" small business meetings is provided here -- don't miss out!

Walsh-Fluor and CTA kicked off the “Meet the Contractor” series in April 2019.